(Boston—January 22nd) Project Bread has announced the winner of the annual Holiday Spoons Project: Shannon Siviski’s fourth grade class and their second grade buddies at High Plain Elementary School in Andover, Mass. As the group with the best-decorated spoons, these students have received tickets to the Jordan’s Furniture IMAX Theater.
As part of the Holiday Spoons Contest, students take ordinary wooden spoons and transform them into a works of art. Students then sell their spoons and donate the profits to Project Bread’s programs that fight hunger throughout the Commonwealth. This is the 16th year Jordan’s Furniture has teamed up with Project Bread to sponsor the Holiday Spoons Project.
“To make an impact with both school students and families in-need is an important part of our matching partnership with the Holiday Spoons Program.” said President/CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, Eliot Tatleman. “It is never too early to teach kids the value of giving back to others in your community. And we are very proud to be able to help raise funds that feed families throughout the Commonwealth.”
Jordan’s has generously matched all donations from the Holiday Spoons Project, up to $10,000, in addition to donating tickets to the winning class. “We are so grateful for Jordan’s Furniture’s strong partnership and commitment to ending hunger in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”, said Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Parker. “The dollar for dollar match is a great incentive for students to sell their spoons, knowing each dollar they raise will have double the impact in the lives of hungry families.”
In addition to the contest, Project Bread provides an educational curriculum for Holiday Spoons that encourages teachers to engage students in lessons about hunger, and teach them how they have the power to make a difference in their communities.
Teacher of the winning class, Shannon Siviski, had this to say about the Holiday Spoons Project:
“Project Bread’s Spoons Project is one of my favorite parts of the school year. I look forward to the fun and excitement of decorating and selling the spoons, but what’s better is knowing my students will take so much away from the experience. We get to put into practice how to be kind, giving, and thoughtful citizens. It is a wonderful way to give back to our community.”
Siviski’s class, along with six other classes, submitted photos to Project Bread of the spoons they decorated. All photos were posted online, people voted for their favorites over a three-week period, and the High Plain Elementary school class received the most votes.
Here's what Ms. Siviski's 4th graders had to say about the project:
"I loved that our class won the competition, but that's not what is important to me. I love when I do good things for people but this feeling was different, I can't explain it. It just made me feel so good."-Lily B.
"I think that this was very important because most people don't realize that there are some people that don't have three meals a day. I am really proud that my class did this project." -Tatum A.
"It teaches us to be kind to each other and help those in need. There were laughs and joyfulness all around us because of the spoons." -Julie M.
So far this year, the fundraiser has brought in nearly $15,000 and the High Plain students helped contribute $600 to that total.
About Project Bread
Project Bread is the only statewide antihunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/projectbread.